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No. 19 Bruins Move to 3-0 With Four-Set Win at Oregon

Jan 29, 2021
Senior Mac May recorded her 14th career match with at least 20 kills.

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EUGENE, Ore. - Senior Mac May led all players with 24 kills, adding seven digs and three blocks, while juniors Devon Chang (27 assists, career-high 18 digs) and Zoe Fleck (22 digs, career-high 10 assists) each had double-doubles, as the 19th-ranked Bruins won in four sets at Oregon on Friday at Matthew Knight Arena. Set scores were 25-20, 25-20, 19-25, 25-13.

The Bruins improve to 3-0 with the win, while the Ducks fall to 1-2.

Redshirt junior Emily Ryan was impressive in all facets, producing a career-best 12 kills, a .556 hitting percentage, seven blocks and a personal-high five digs. Freshman Allison Jacobs had seven kills and eight digs and freshman Iman Ndiaye added six kills and five digs. Senior Sabrina Smith was 5-for-7 with no errors (.714%), junior élan McCall tallied six kills and five digs and freshman Kate Lane had 20 assists and four digs. The Bruins hit .270 for the match.

The Bruins led wire-to-wire in set one, scoring the first four points on an Oregon service error, a Jacobs kill, a Duck attack error and an Ndiaye kill. Leading 12-9, a 6-1 UCLA run on two May kills, one apiece from Smith and Ndiaye and two Duck errors put the visitors up by a set-best eight at 18-10. Oregon closed to within two at 21-19, but the Bruins scored four of the last five of the opener to win it 25-20. Ryan started the 4-1 run with a kill and solo stuff and May ended it with back-to-back kills. May was 6-for-14 with no errors in the first set, Jacobs was 3-for-5 with no miscues and Ndiaye added three kills. Fleck posted seven digs and Chang had four. The Bruins out-hit the Ducks .471 to .290.

The second set was closer before the Bruins pulled away at the end. Oregon held as much as a four-point lead at 10-6 before UCLA went on a 7-2 run to take a one-point edge. May was a part of four of the points on three kills and a block with Smith, as Ndiaye added two more on kills. Down 14-13, kills by May and Smith and an Oregon error put the Bruins up for good. With the score 21-20, an Ndiaye/Ryan block, back-to-back Oregon attack errors and a May/Ryan roof closed out another 25-20 win. May had seven kills in the second, while Jacobs added three. Fleck provided seven digs. The Bruins out-hit the Ducks .294 to .050.

UCLA led by as many as four in set three, and was still up by three at 10-7 before the Ducks scored nine in a row to go up by half a dozen. The Bruins were unable to get closer than four the rest of the set, losing 25-19. May posted five kills and Ryan had three. Chang added six digs. The Bruins were out-hit .250 to .103.

The Bruins scored the first six points of set four and never looked back to finish off the win. Three of the points came from May, who had two kills and a block with Ryan, who added a solo stuff. With UCLA ahead 15-10, the visitors netted the next seven to go up by a set-best 12. May had three kills in a row at one point, Ryan added two and McCall posted one. An Ndiaye kill on the Bruins' second match point finished off a 25-13 win. May had six kills and Ryan was 5-for-6 with no errors, with both posting four digs. Fleck notched seven digs, while Chang and McCall each had five. The Bruins hit .244 and held the Ducks to a -.022 percentage.

UCLA returns to Matthew Knight Arena on Sunday at 1 p.m. The match will air on Pac-12 Network Los Angeles and Oregon.